This book makes a significant contribution to cultural economic approaches to organizational and economic life. Specifically it offers both a survey of the field, as well as a practical guide to doing 'cultural economy'. The text, which builds upon du Gay's earlier work, will engage with a range of debates from cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, and management. It brings du Gay's style and originality to bear on the subject of culture and economy, and results in a book that will once more make a solid contribution to cultural studies.

The Identity of Persons II

The identity of persons II


Engagement with the work of Elias and Bourdieu, and the investigation of ‘legal personality’ in Chapter 1 suggests that what is understood by the term ‘self’ cannot be seen to furnish the ground for all forms of personhood. However, despite this conclusion a problem remains that needs addressing: how is it that this notion of ‘self’ – individualized, interiorized, psychologized – has come to be thought of as the sine qua non of what it means to be a person in the present? How did one way of being a person come to be seen as the ‘true’ or essential form of human subjectivity? Chapter 2 is concerned with sketching possible answers to this problem.

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